Producer/Director (Diversity of Voices-Spark Accelerator Program)
Laura Friedmann is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based creative producer and director passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social justice. She is an executive producer at Wrapped Productions Inc.
Her feature documentary film, THE PAINTING, based on her family history and personal journey, is currently in development with Fathom Film Group after receiving development funding from Telefilm and the Indigenous Screen Office.
Laura participated in the Creators of Colour Incubator offered by CaribbeanTales in 2019 and 2020. At the recent incubator, the feature film she is producing, TENAYA was awarded the Audience Choice Award at TIFF’s The Big Pitch. The film is in pre-production after also receiving development funding from Telefilm and the Indigenous Screen Office.
A feature documentary she worked on, GLIMPSES INTO THE SPIRIT OF GENDER EQUALITY, premiered virtually at the 2021 UN Commission on the Status of Women and was officially selected to a number of festivals receiving multiple awards.
In 2020, she was awarded a scholarship and graduated from the WIFT Toronto/Bell Media Leadership Program in association with the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Laura is an advocate for women in film and media and for 5 years served on the board of directors of Breakthroughs Film Festival which is devoted exclusively to showcasing films by emerging female directors. She was co-creator and facilitator at the Native Film & Storytelling Institute and is involved in a number of grassroots initiatives aimed at promoting BIPOC women in the Canadian film industry.
With over 15 years of experience her work has taken her to over a dozen countries where she has led creative projects for a variety of not-for-profit organizations and grassroots film initiatives. Prior to working with Wrapped Productions, her commercial work included projects with CBC, YesTV, Harley Davidson, Audi, Bell, KitchenAid, ParticipAction and Special Olympics Canada.